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absolve
1 use
The committee absolved her of any wrong doing.
absolved = found blameless
DefinitionGenerally absolve means:
to find someone blameless; or forgive; or relieve (of a requirement or obligation)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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alternative
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an alternative plan
Let's think of at least three alternatives before we decide what to do.
alternatives = possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.5
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amiable
5 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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aversion
1 use
Our older staff tend to have an aversion to change.
aversion = dislike that leads to avoidance
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2.2
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condemn
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
was condemned to life in prison
The murderer was condemned to death by injection.
condemned = legally sentenced to punishment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of condemn means:
force into an undesired activity or situation — such as to legally sentence someone to punishment

or:

find guilty — especially in court

or:

provide the means of finding guilty
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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contrite
1 use
She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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1st useChapter 2.4
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convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
Please convey my gratitude for her hospitality.
convey = communicate or express
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.2
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2  —1 use as in:
convey her safely to
I was ordered to convey the princess to London.
convey = transport
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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demonstrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
demonstrate to protest
The students demonstrated against hate speech.
demonstrated = joined with others in a public protest
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
a public display supporting a cause — usually joining with others in a political protest
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.3
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direct
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
On the SAT test, some questions direct you to look at an underlined or numbered portion of a passage.
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.4
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dispassionate
1 use
A journalist should be a dispassionate reporter of fact.
dispassionate = unaffected by strong emotion or bias
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1st useChapter 2.4
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distend
1 use
One method of declawing is to severe the tendon that allows the claws to distend.
distend = extend
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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explicit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
explicit instructions
She gave us explicit instructions.
explicit = precisely and clearly expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.3
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focus
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
The focus of our study is...
Since we're running out of time, let's narrow our focus to just what needs to be done tomorrow.
focus = area where attention is concentrated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
where attention is concentrated or directed
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.3
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grave
3 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.3
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indignant
6 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book6 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.1
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interpret
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
her interpretation of the data
I don't know how to interpret her smile.
interpret = understand (In this case: Why did she smile? What does it mean?)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.3
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odious
4 uses
Though they think the country's government is odious, they're unwilling to help topple it for fear of the consequences.
odious = extremely unpleasant, disgusting, or dislikable
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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preside
6 uses
She will preside over the meeting.
preside = be in charge
DefinitionGenerally preside means:
to be in charge; or to head; or to be the chairperson — especially of a formal meeting or ceremony
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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relevant
1 use
It is easier to learn things that seem relevant to your life.
relevant = related in a meaningful way to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2.3
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